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barber pole

or barber's pole

  1. a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber's former sideline of surgery.
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Origin of barber pole

First recorded in 1675–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Then he looked up at the man on the barber-pole, and he was shivering too.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • So he laid aside his valise and barber-pole crutch and got ready to go down in the hole, which wasn't very big.

  • But Uncle Wiggily hit the bad bird with his barber-pole crutch, and the hawk flew away, flopping his wings and tail.

  • Almost at the end of the next block there was a barber-pole with its stripes running round.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • The world swam round so that Charles was minded to clutch the barber-pole, but he bethought himself in time that it was dusty.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

    Amanda Millie Douglas